The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) Kogi Chapter has extended warm congratulations to the homegrown goalkeeper Ojo Olorunleke and the Nigerian Super Eagles for their commendable performance at the recently concluded 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Ivory Coast.
The Kogi SWAN, gave the commendations in a statement signed by its Chairman, Bishop Aturu on Tuesday.
Aturu disclosed that SWAN which represents the state’s vibrant sports journalism community, lauded the outstanding contributions of Kogi-born goalkeeper, Ojo Olorunleke, in the Super Eagles’ journey to the AFCON final.
” His stellar performances between the goalposts at the local league earned him a call up to represent Nigeria at the highest level of African football.
“Despite facing formidable opponents throughout the tournament, including intense matches against powerhouse teams, the Super Eagles displayed resilience, teamwork, and skill, ultimately securing a remarkable second-place finish. Their remarkable run has brought pride and joy to the hearts of Nigerians across the country, including the vibrant sports community in Kogi State” he added.
While commending the exemplary display of sportsmanship exhibited by the Nigerian team, Aturu emphasized the importance of celebrating the achievements of homegrown talents like Ojo Olorunleke, whose success serves as an inspiration to aspiring athletes in Kogi State and beyond.
The statement reads in part”Ojo has exemplified the spirit of dedication and excellence that we strive to promote within our sporting community,” remarked Bishop. “His journey from the grassroots to the international stage is a testament to the talent and potential that exists within our state.”
“SWAN expresses its appreciation for the collective effort of the entire Super Eagles squad, coaching staff, and support personnel who played pivotal roles in the team’s success. Their commitment to representing Nigeria with honor and integrity has resonated with fans nationwide, igniting a renewed sense of enthusiasm and pride in Nigerian football.
“As Kogi SWAN celebrates the achievements of its homegrown talent and the Nigerian Super Eagles, the association reaffirms its commitment to supporting and promoting sports development initiatives within the state. Through continued collaboration with stakeholders, SWAN aims to nurture young talents, improve sports infrastructure, and foster a culture of excellence in sports across Kogi State.
“Kogi SWAN extends its heartfelt congratulations to Ojo Olorunleke, the Super Eagles, and all those who contributed to Nigeria’s memorable journey at the AFCON 2023. Their remarkable achievements serve as a testament to the limitless potential of Nigerian sports and inspire hope for even greater triumphs in the future”.